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Agenda Item No. 4

 

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

PLANNING COMMITTEE:  14 APRIL 2016

 

REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 14 MARCH 2016

 

C3116         PLANNING POLICY WALES REVISIONS TO TECHNICAL ADVICE NOTE 20: PLANNING AND THE WELSH LANGUAGE (R) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT) -

 

Cabinet was advised of the Welsh Government’s consultation and proposed revision of Technical Advice Note 20: Planning and the Welsh language which provided guidance on how Welsh language considerations should be taken into account by local planning authorities when Local Development Plans (LDPs) were prepared and decisions on planning applications were made.

 

The Welsh Government was committed to encouraging a bilingual Wales and to supporting and promoting the Welsh language across Wales.

 

The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 sought to improve the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales.  It contained seven well-being goals which certain public bodies (including local authorities and National Park authorities) had to achieve in order to improve well-being both now and in the future. One of the well-being goals was “A Wales of vibrant culture and thriving Welsh language”.

 

The planning system could help create the conditions for the Welsh language to thrive, by facilitating development including new housing, new employment areas, improved community facilities and schools.  It could also help sustain existing services and facilities that supported the use of the Welsh language.

The Welsh Government’s planning policy on the Welsh Language was set out in Section 4.13 of Planning Policy Wales the latest version of which was issued on 4 January, 2016.  This was supported by TAN 20: Planning and the Welsh language (October 2013) which provided further guidance on how local planning authorities should take account of the needs and interests of the Welsh language when producing development plans. TAN 20 applied equally to areas where the Welsh language was widely spoken as the first language of the community and to areas where it was less widely spoken – it enabled and encouraged Local Planning Authorities to take actions that were proportionate and suitable to the characteristics of the local area. TAN 20 was supplemented by practice guidance on planning and the Welsh language (June 2014).

 

The Welsh Government consultation sought views on a revision of TAN 20 to reflect provisions contained in the Planning (Wales) Act 2015 that related to the Welsh language.  The Welsh Government was also proposing that elements of the TAN 20 Practice Guidance document were incorporated into TAN 20, so that all relevant guidance was contained in one place.

 

The revised TAN would provide local authorities with clarity regarding how Welsh language considerations should feed into the preparation of their LDP.

 

The consultation documents were issued on 4 January, 2016 and responses were required by 30 March, 2016.  The consultation documents could be viewed on the Welsh Government website via the following link:

http://gov.wales/consultations/planning/tan-20-planning-and-the-welsh-language/?lang=en

 

As standard practice with Welsh Government consultation exercises, a series of consultation questions had been posed in relation to the revised TAN20.  In this regard, while the Council had made a number of comments in response to the consultation questions which it hoped would assist the Welsh Government to formalise its policy position, it was not considered that the revisions to the TAN20 would give rise to significant changes within the Vale of Glamorgan at this time.  The Council’s proposed response to the consultation questions were set out in Appendix 1 attached to the report.

 

This was a matter for Executive decision

 

Cabinet, having considered the report and all the issues and implications contained therein

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)       T H A T the completed consultation response form attached at Appendix 1 to the report be endorsed as the Council’s formal response to the Welsh Government consultation on Technical Advice Note 20: Planning and the Welsh language.

 

(2)       T H A T the report be referred to Planning Committee for information.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1)       To endorse the response submitted to the Welsh Government consultation on Technical Advice Note 20: Planning and the Welsh language.

 

(2)       To advise the Planning Committee.

 

 

Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet –14 MARCH 2016